How and where to start booking a round the world ticket?

Hi Everyone,

I need some advice to book the RTW ticket x 2 in business class. (Redeeming QFF, currently have over 1M Points available for this booking.)

My departure time is flexible.
I am based in Sydney. However I can Start My trip at Sydney, Hong Kong or Guangzhou if it helps.

However I would like to go pass a certain city as a must.
Hong Kong
Japan - Osake/Toyko - MUST
Canada - Vancouver or Calgary - MUST

Optional City
New York/ Amsterdem/ Istanbul/ Helsinki/ Moscow

It is my first time trying to book RTW.
Please kindly give me some advice.

In addition, how and where can I do the booking for the tickets ?

Thank you in advance.

Do you mean using frequent flyer points like Qantas? If so, have a read of this article if you haven’t already.

If you are planning to use cash, best to consult a reputable travel agent.

Otherwise, please let us know before we start going down the wrong track.

HI Hiew,

I would like to use QFF points to redeem the tickets.
Currently saved over 1M points for this.

Thanks

Would someone please give some advices ?

Thank you in advance

Round the world redemptions can be difficult and time consuming. If you don’t have a lot of experience booking with points, I’d recommend paying for a company like Award Flight Assist to do it for you.

Thank you for your advice.

Have you tried before and how much do they charge ?

Thank you very much

First passenger Additional passengers Complex request surcharge
One-way flights $150 $75 per person $45
Return flights $200 $100 per person $60
Multi-city flights
Round-the-world flights $300 $150 per person $90

These are their rates. As you can see, you will be expected to pay at least $300 dollars for the privilege. If you consult our very own PointHacks guide linked above, you can learn how to do this yourself. This service is provided by the owners of the popular Australian Frequent Flyer forum and I’ve not heard anyone being scammed out of this service.

It is actually quite simple to make your own RTW itinerary. If you consult our guide, you will find everything you need to know from choosing your citys, finding flight availability and finally how to book. Be prepared to have to adjust your flight plans as you can’t always have access to direct flights or flights at desired times. I guess the biggest trick with booking RTW itineraries is to find out the breadth of options you have to get to your desired cities and be flexible to allow for indirect routings when there aren’t non-stop options available.

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I booked a similar RTW itinerary last year using the guide and Qantas ff points. The trip was as follows

Syd to Japan
Japan to Vancouver
Made my own way to Chicago
Chicago to Barcelona (transit in Madrid)
Barcelona to Amsterdam (transit in London)
Made by own way to Rome via Zurich
Rome to Singapore (transit in Doha)
Singapore to Sydney

It takes a bit of effort and time to research and book yourself but certainly quite achievable.

Good luck

Thank you very much

I will try myself first

That’s very similar to what I want to book.

Mind sharing more details ?

Sydney to Japan
(1. Which City you fly into Japan ? Japan airline ?)

Japan to Vancouver
(2. Which City you fly out from Japan ? Japan Airline ? Which City offer Flight from Japan to Vancouver ?)

Chicago to Barcelone (Transit in Madrid)
(3. How much time did you spend on transit ? Did you go away from the airport ?)

Barcelona to Amsterdam
(4. I would like to stay in Amsterdam too. Transit in London. Which Airline is it ? BA?)

Rome to Singapore
(Transit in Doha, 5. Which Airline is it ?)

  1. How many miles in total did you travelled ?

  2. How much time in advance did you book it ?

  3. Is it a business Class trip ?

Thank you very much for sharing.

See details below

Sydney to Japan
(1. Which City you fly into Japan ? Japan airline ?)
**JAL into Narita

Japan to Vancouver
(2. Which City you fly out from Japan ? Japan Airline ? Which City offer Flight from Japan to Vancouver ?)
**JAL from Narita

Chicago to Barcelone (Transit in Madrid)
(3. How much time did you spend on transit ? Did you go away from the airport ?)
**Only an hour or two, we could have stayed longer but Barcelona was our destination

Barcelona to Amsterdam
(4. I would like to stay in Amsterdam too. Transit in London. Which Airline is it ? BA?)
**BA. The BA flights got cancelled due to pilots strike so we ended up going purchasing tickets direct on Vueling which actually worked out better than going via Heathrow and BA

Rome to Singapore
(Transit in Doha, 5. Which Airline is it ?)
**Qatar

  1. How many miles in total did you travelled ?
    **not sure
  2. How much time in advance did you book it ?
    **About 12 months
  3. Is it a business Class trip ?
    **Yes, all business

see full itinerary below, all booked on points and all in business class.

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Hi Andrew,

Thank you very much for sharing.

Really Appreciated.

Did you use the Qantas website (Multi City) to book the ticket or OneWorld ?

Thank you very much

Afaik, you can only book via Qantas. I have heard the oneworld website is useful for planning purposes.